It is assumed that, by this point of the summer, some of us need a reprieve from superheroes, talking creatures, and carnage at the movies, and to provide the antidote with a relatively epic running time (161 minutes — all of it completely earned) and a truly great way soak up some free A/C is Laurence Anyways, which is finally coming to cinemas after winning awards at Cannes and Toronto last year.
Directed by Xavier Dolan, a French-Canadian newbie who’s already a master at the ripe old age of 24 (!), Laurence tells the story of the tumultuous romantic relationship between Fred (Suzanne Clement) and Laurence (Melvil Poupaud), which grows more tense with the news that the latter wishes to live the remainder of his life as a woman.
Don’t be scared of that running time though, the movie is essential viewing for arthouse aficionados, not to mention a benchmark feature for LGBT issues (and just in time for Pride month). Plus, it’s chock full of juicy dramatic scenes, like the one just below! (Check your surroundings though before viewing, the movie has a fair share of F-bombs.)
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